Educational Institutions

Disciples Divinity House at Vanderbilt

  • Nashville, TN
  • http://www.discipleshousevandy.org/

Mission Statement

We are called to prepare excellent Disciple ministers through our supportive community of faith.

Main Programs

  1. Residential
  2. Scholarships
  3. Lilly Transition into Ministry
  4. Educational Programs
Service Areas

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National

The Disciples Divinity House is located in Nashville one block from Vanderbilt University, and serves students from across the country as well as international students who are preparing for ministry at Vanderbilt Divinity School.

ruling year

2001

Principal Officer since 1995

Self-reported

Rev. Mark Miller-McLemore

Keywords

Self-reported

theological education, Seminary, Disciples of Christ

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EIN

62-0480066

 Number

1872789797

Also Known As

Disciples Foundation, Inc.

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Christian (X20)

Low-Cost Temporary Housing (includes Youth Hostels) (L40)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

Self-reported by organization

Disciples Divinity House (Disciples Foundation) has helped to educate and shape over 500 ministers for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). They have served primarily (65%) in local congregations throughout the United States, but many others have served in ministries of justice and action and care and higher education as well, including executive and academic leadership positions at Disciples of Christ seminaries.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Residential

DDH provides low-cost housing for up to 20 divinity school students and their spouses. Room and apartment housing is available well below market rent (2014-15: apartment $350 monthly, room $175 monthly). The House is located a short walk from Vanderbilt Divinity School.

Category

Population(s) Served

Adults

Budget

228,000

Program 2

Scholarships

DDH offers a number of scholarship opportunities for Disciples students. Generally, 15-20 scholarships are granted annually totaling approximately $45,000 each year. Scholarship funds are established by donors with the intent to support theological education. Scholarship endowments currently are held at the Christian Church Foundation in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Category

Population(s) Served

Adults

Budget

$43,000.00

Program 3

Lilly Transition into Ministry

In 2006, Disciples Divinity House received a five year grant from the Lilly Endowment to create an supervised experience of full immersion into the pastoral life, for a period of two years, to two selected graduating divinity students preparing for congregational ministry in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). The grant was renewed in 2012.

Category

Population(s) Served

Adults

Budget

$100,000.00

Program 4

Educational Programs

Disciples House offers programs specific to ministry for students in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Programs included Disciples House Dinners with denominational leaders, faculty, or ministers in practice; Ministry Lunches on specific skills; a beginning of the year retreat to build community and discuss education; and the Wise Practice event each spring aimed at critical areas of professional practice for ministry.

Category

Population(s) Served

Budget

$12,000.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

National

The Disciples Divinity House is located in Nashville one block from Vanderbilt University, and serves students from across the country as well as international students who are preparing for ministry at Vanderbilt Divinity School.

Additional Documents

Funding Needs

DDH's most pressing needs include: 1. Student sponsorships-on the average it costs $11,000 annually to sponsor a Disciples student (tuition and rent support) while attending VDS; 2. Endowments to support student scholarships and Disciples House operations- Endowments can be named funds; 3. Assistance with facility upgrades and "greening."We are working to make the facility as environmentally-friendly as possible and have upgraded windows and the HVAC in our student housing in the last four years.

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DISCIPLES FOUNDATION, INC.
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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Disciples Divinity House at Vanderbilt

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Rev. Mark Miller-McLemore

BIO

Mark Miller-McLemore is Dean of Disciples Divinity House and teaches leadership and ministry at Vanderbilt Divinity School. He works to focus the Disciples House on its mission of shaping outstanding ministers and leaders for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). During his tenure, approximately 150 Disciple students have received degrees and most have been ordained. In 2006, Disciples House received a five-year grant from the Lilly Endowment for a postgraduate residency program. The grant was renewed for another five years in 2012. Other grants have funded innovative programming for preparation for ministry. Earlier, Mark pastored a congregation in Chicago Heights, IL, where the church helped begin a community ministry with the homeless, Public Action to Deliver Shelter (PADS), and involved members in hands-on ministries locally, nationally, and overseas. Mark has published numerous articles on ministry and speaks widely to ministers. Most recently he has been awarded a Pastoral Study Project grant from the Louisville Institute. Mark graduated from Wabash College and the Divinity School of the University of Chicago.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"Our graduates are outstanding ministers. They serve in churches, in theological and higher education, in agencies of social justice (many here in Nashville and Tennessee), as chaplains and counselors, as teachers and writers. Our current students are the best in the Christian Church and the Divinity student population. They have distinguished themselves as student leaders and at graduation with awards well out of proportion to their numbers. When they leave here, they are committed and qualified."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Ralph Parsons

Parsons Engineering

Term: June 2011 - Nov 2018

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